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What the heck is a spoonie and other metaphors

What the heck is a spoonie and other metaphors

October 27, 2020

What the heck is a spoonie? You've probably seen it in Hashtags, the word #Spoonie.  It came from a conversation about what it is like to live with a chronic illness or invisible illness, Christine Miserandino from ButYouDontLookSick.com had during a dinner with a college friend. What about other metaphors for Spoon Theory such as gas tanks and traffic lights.
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When you feel too sick too cook

When you feel too sick too cook

November 08, 2018

One of the biggest challenges for people with chronic illness and chronic pain, is when you feel unable to cook or prepare your own fresh food.

After a particularly bad pain flare, days long migraine or long bout of viral illness when you have been unable to get out to shops for any fresh food. Or you have fresh food but no energy or ability to prepare it. What do you do? What are some solutions?...

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Physical self care with Chronic Health Conditions

Physical self care with Chronic Health Conditions

June 29, 2018

Don't beat yourself up or your mental health will decline as well. I think that we all know that depression just makes everything so much harder.

I use my chest freezer and have embraced freezer cooking. Besides some pre-made heat and eat meals I have made up from cooking in bulk and freezing in portions. I have uncooked preprepared vegetables in sauces, sometimes with chopped or sliced meats, ready to drop into a crockpot or the pressure cooker. If I know early in the day, I can de...

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May is Awareness Month

May 19, 2018

....Most people with Chronic invisible illnesses fight for knowledge and understanding about the conditions, symptoms and even side effects which can isolate sufferers. There is a social stigma for many when they put up the disability parking sign and get abused by onlookers for not being in a wheelchair. Or even just for looking too young because the most common societal recognition of disability is for aged people. The prevailing stereotypes also assume that ....
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Spoonies Ten Spoon Theory

Spoonies Ten Spoon Theory

February 19, 2018

Does the term and definition of SPOONIES help you understand or explain to others about life with chronic health conditions, pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental illness, Lupus, Lyme and other invisible illnesses?

It was a life changer for me....

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